Volume XXVI  No. 45 • Dec. 6, 2002

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Michele Mitchell, custodial worker, Facilities Services

Black Hills State University's one hundred forty-fourth commencement will be Dec. 14 - top

The 144th Commencement will be held at Black Hills State University Saturday, 
Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Degrees will be awarded to 213 students including 60 master’s degrees, three bachelor of arts degrees, 90 bachelor of science degrees, 43 bachelor of science in education degrees, and 17 associate degrees.

Regent Randall Morris will give a greeting from the South Dakota Board of Regents. 
Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, will present diplomas, assisted by April Meeker, records director, and Dr. Lyle Cook, vice president of academic affairs.

Faculty marshals for the ceremony are Dr. James Hesson, education professor, and 
Dr. Susan Dana, assistant business and technology professor. Musical selections will be performed by the Black Hills Singers and Dr. Janeen Larsen accompanied by Ms. Lynette Daum.

Following the commencement ceremony a reception hosted by the president will be held in the Young Center field house for all graduates and their families.

An honors breakfast will be held prior to commencement at 8 a.m. in the Yellow Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. The summa, magna and cum laude graduates will be recognized.

Black Hills State involved in major math development grant as a part of the No Child Left Behind Act - top

Black Hills State University has entered into partnership with the Rapid City school district and Technology and Innovations in Education (TIE) to improve the teaching of K-12 mathematics. This partnership was recently awarded a $3.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of President Bush’s “No Child Left Behind Act.”

The grant, known as Project PRIME: Promoting Reflective Inquiry in Mathematics Education, is one of only 17 awards of its type that the NSF funded. TIE, under the umbrella of Black Hills Special Services, is coordinating the grant, and BHSU is serving as the lead institution of higher education.

An extensive plan is being designed to enhance mathematics instruction in the Rapid City school district as well as to improve the preparation of pre-service teachers graduating from BHSU. Professional development for Project PRIME will follow a model that has been successful in improving literacy within the district. Lead teachers will be identified to provide support within each school building, and these lead teachers, in turn, will be supported through collaboration with BHSU faculty.

Dr. Ben Sayler, director of the Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education at BHSU, is coordinating the university's involvement in this mission. Faculty from both the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences will be involved. The professional development plan calls for faculty from the BHSU College of Education to provide expertise related to K-12 instruction and for faculty from the BHSU math department to provide a content focus.  BHSU faculty working with this project include John Alsup, assistant professor in the College of Education; Micheline Hickenbotham, instructor in the College of Education; Vicki Kapust, associate director of math outreach at the Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE); Stan Smith, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences; and Gary Hagerty, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, Dean Myers, dean of the College of Education, is serving on the project's leadership team.

The goals of the grant are to raise the mathematics achievement of all students in the Rapid City school district and to reduce the achievement gap between American Indian and non-Indian students. The grant will also attempt to increase the number of students taking upper-level mathematics courses in middle and high school while reducing the number of students taking non college-preparatory math. In addition, BHSU student teachers will benefit from the project through their field placements with Rapid City teachers.

Sayler plans to involve the Center for Indian Studies at BHSU to provide guidance about instruction at the K-12 level as well as to increase the number of American Indian undergraduates pursuing careers as math teachers.

CAMSE’s results from previous NSF funding were used as evidence of success to help secure this grant. The university has submitted a companion grant proposal to focus even more heavily on preparing future teachers. The outcome of that submission should be known in the spring.

Hesson contributes to sports and recreational textbook - top

Dr. James Hesson, professor of physical education at Black Hills State University, was recently invited to contribute to the 13th edition of the textbook Sports and Recreational Activities. Hesson contributed his expertise in walking for fitness to produce a chapter entitled “Jogging and Walking” with Don Torok of Florida Atlantic University.

This textbook, published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education, is edited by Dale Mood of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Frank Musker formerly of Boston University and now with Peabody Public Schools in Massachusetts, and Judith Rink of the University of South Carolina. The book has been published for the last 50 years and is considered one of the classic textbooks in the field of physical education. The textbook incorporates the latest research findings and rule changes for the more than 50 sports and activities addressed in the book.

Forty-three authors from all over the United States collaborated to produce this textbook. The comprehensive nature of this textbook requires condensed, concise chapters complete with photographs, illustrations, figures, and instructions to allow readers to use the information to participate in each activity themselves or to teach others to participate. Each chapter includes direct information about the activity and ancillary information such as a glossary, suggested readings, and audiovisual materials.

McGraw-Hill has provided several technology opportunities to enhance use of this textbook. PowerWeb is a website providing a reservoir of course-specific articles and current events. Users can type in a discipline-specific topic to receive instant access to articles, essays, and news. An online instructor’s manual and test book has been prepared for use with this edition. This website includes chapter outlines, test questions, and suggestions for discussion. McGraw-Hill also maintains a health and human performance website which provides information for instructors and students, including professional organization, conference, and career information, “how to” guides to technology, study tips, athletic training exam preparation materials, and information on how to become a McGraw-Hill author. Registered adopters of McGraw-Hill textbooks also have access to PageOut, a resource to help instructors create websites for their courses.

Hesson earned his doctor of education degree at Brigham Young University in 1980. He has been a professor of biokinetics in the division of physical education and health at BHSU since 1990. Since 1993 he has worked each summer at the U.S. Olympic Training Center with U.S. Olympic athletes and coaches. He frequently serves as an author and textbook for educational publishers.

Vera Litschewski retires after 22 years at BHSU - top

Vera Litschewski, senior secretary in the enrollment center, retired this month after working more than 22 years at Black Hills State University. Vera is looking forward to retirement as a time to “get my health and house in order.”

“Although I will miss everybody, I have a 

wonderful ‘work family’ here, I’m looking forward to retirement and plan to enjoy life,” she said. She plans to spend time with family members and take part in activities with friends.

Many things have changed at BHSU during her span of employment, but for Vera one aspect of her job remained constant.

“It’s always been about the students,” Vera said. Although her duties changed dramatically over the years, as well as the title of the office, the directors and the organizational structure, Vera said her focus remained on the students and helping them. “I enjoyed the contact with students. The students are what’s always been important to me.” 

Vera saw the office, now called the enrollment center, go through several organizational changes. She first started in the records office but soon moved to what was then known as the admissions office.

Over the years she has seen some changes in students as more non-traditional students have enrolled. She praises students for their dedication and commitment to higher education.  “Overall the students are courteous and willing to work with us. I’ve seen a lot of people come and go and I enjoyed meeting students and working with them.”

Vera’s advice to students is to know the catalog, get familiar with their advisors early on in their academic career and most importantly to realize that help is available. She indicated that many students are unaware of the all the excellent opportunities and resources available for them.

“I always tried to encourage students to use the resources here on campus. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are many options,” Vera said. She cites the excellent resources through the library, the internet, the student assistance center, as well as contact with the faculty and staff as examples.

Vera noted that the campus has undergone major changes in the 22 years that she has been a primary part of the admissions office. She praised the improvements in physical appearance and layout of the campus noting that the addition of the Young Center (in 1990) was the most major improvement to the campus. Another major campus change is forthcoming as the music/academic building is currently under construction and should be ready for the fall semester.

Even as Vera looks forward to her future in retirement she looks back fondly on her years of employment helping students and her interactions with her “work family.” “It was so much fun working with the students. I will miss everybody but I’m looking forward to retirement to get my health and house in order,” Vera said.

Open forum conducted by the Board of Regents to be Dec. 11 - top

The South Dakota Board of Regents invites members of the Black Hills State University community to an open forum Wednesday, Dec. 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. The Regents have set aside this time before their December meeting on the SDSM&T campus to give interested persons an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of the Regents.

President will host a holiday open house - top

Tom and Judy Flickema will host a Christmas open house Sunday, Dec. 15 at their home, 815 State Street in Spearfish. Career service staff members are invited to the open house from 2  to 3:30 p.m., followed by a faculty open house from 3:30 to 5 pm. Exempt employees and community members are invited to attend from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Art show displays South Dakota senior talent - top

Award winning artwork created by South Dakota residents over the age of 60 who are non-professional artists is on display at the Black Hills State University Ruddell Gallery in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union through Dec. 13.

The Dakota MasterWorks was created to showcase the art talents and creativity of older South Dakotans.

“The Dakota MasterWorks Art Show was created to demonstrate what older adults already know…the second half of life can be full of creative growth and fulfillment,” wrote LuAnn Severson, the event’s coordinator.

This year the show had a record 209 entries for professional artists Mary Groth and Harry Klessen to judge. Over 40 winning entries can be viewed at the Ruddell Gallery.

Entries were received in the following categories: oil, watercolor, and acrylic painting; drawing/illustration; photography; sculpture; and wood carving. The categories were then divided into two age groups. The experienced group included those between the ages of 60 and 79 while those 80 and over were placed in the masters group.

The show is hosted by the South Dakota Health Care Foundation, Home Federal Bank, and KELO-LAND Television.

All shows in BHSU’s Ruddell Gallery are free of charge. The gallery, located on the second floor of the Student Union, is accessible by stairs or elevator. For more information, contact Jim Knutson at 642-6104 or the Student Union Information Center at 642-6062.

Student work on display at Black Hills State University Photographer's Gallery - top

The artwork of Black Hills State University senior John Engelbrecht is currently on display at the Photographer’s Gallery on campus.

The exhibit titled “Help is on the Way” will run through Dec. 13 in the recently opened gallery located in the lower level of Jonas Hall. A closing reception will be held Dec. 12 from 3:30-5 p.m.  Engelbrecht, a mass communications major from Rapid City, said this series of new photographs highlights several alternative techniques to show a less serious perspective of photography.

“Through alternative techniques such as: multiple exposure, chemical staining, garbage harvesting, inadequate development, premature exposure to light, scratching on negatives, writing on enlarging paper, printing through personal journals, matting backwards, luck, and photographing myself naked in the woods, I am able to thoroughly enjoy the process of making pictures as a spontaneous act and not get caught up in the technical perfection or utter seriousness that is the essence of pure or traditional photography.”

BHSU Winter Art Show begins tonight in Lead - top

The BHSU Winter Art Show, displaying various student works, will open tonight with a reception from 5-8 p.m. at the Lead Art Center in the historic opera house on Main Street. The show will continue through Jan. 10. 

Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome to attend.

The Winter Art Show is sponsored by the BHSU Art Department and the Historic Deadwood/Lead Arts Council. Contact Dick Dubois at 642-6706 for more information. 

This untitled graphite by Amber Soderstrom is one of many student works included in the BHSU Winter Art Show on display at the Lead Art Center Dec. 7 through Jan. 10.

Black Hills State University to present Christmas concert - top









Students from Black Hills State University, under the direction of Stephen Parker (right), rehearse for the annual BHSU Christmas concert which will be Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Spearfish. The concert will feature the Concert Band, Concert Choir and Black Hills Singers. The choirs will be doing arrangements of familiar carols. The Dakota Chamber Orchestra will accompany the choir on two numbers. The Concert Choir will close the program with a three-movement piece called “Hodie!” (This Day!) by Omaha, Neb., composer Z. Randall Stroope. The public is invited to attend the concert at no charge. For more information call Parker at 642-6628.

Habitat for Humanity fundraiser held Dec. 8 - top

A spaghetti feed to benefit Habitat for Humanity will be held Dec. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. The cost is $5 per adult or $2 for children 12 and under for an all you can eat meal.

The United Methodist Church is located at 845 5th Street in Spearfish. Contact Heather Johnson, BHSU Career Center, at 642-6278 for more information.

Midnight breakfast to be held for BHSU students - top

The BHSU Student Affairs Office will once again be providing a midnight breakfast for students during finals week Monday, Dec. 16 from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the Student Union Market Place. 

The breakfast is free to all BHSU students. Contact Heather Johnson, BHSU Career Center, at 642-6278 for more information.

Eighth week standings in South Dakota Stock Market Simulation announced - top

The stock markets increased this past week as investors received positive economic news. Since the start of the South Dakota Stock Market Simulation (SDSMS) trading period Oct. 7, the S&P 500 has risen 17 percent, the Dow has risen 18 percent and the technology-laden NASDAQ composite index has risen 30 percent.


A total of 101 teams are currently participating in the fall simulation. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams in the College Division, the top four teams in the High School Division, and the top two teams in the Junior High/Elementary Division. Below is a list of the divisions. The top teams are given in each of the three divisions for week eight of trading, as of Friday, Nov. 22.

The SDSMS is an educational program based on a real-life simulation of the stock market. This educational tool is offered cooperatively by the South Dakota Council on Economic Education, the BHSU Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, and the BHSU Center for Economic Education.


For additional information contact Don Altmyer, SDSMS coordinator and associate professor in the College of Business and Technology, by mail at USB 9025, Spearfish, S.D. 57799-9025; by phone at 642-6273; or by email at donaltmyer@bhsu.edu. Information may also be found on the SDSMS website at www.sdakotasms.com.

Thank you from Vera Litschewski - top

I would like to thank everyone for coming to my retirement reception. Your presence was much appreciated. I would like to extend a very special thank you to my work family at the enrollment center for everything and for being there for me throughout the years.

Vera Litschewski

University Assessment Committee minutes - top

The University Assessment Committee meeting was held Nov. 26 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 103.

Present were Earley, Siewert, Schamber, J. Miller, Pearce, Katie Lembcke, Tammy Gallagher, Altmyer, and Calhoon. Haislett, Myers, Johnson, and Cook were absent.

The chair welcomed new student members Lembcke and Gallagher.

The committee reviewed the sociology annual assessment report and was concerned about the goals. The committee voted to accept pending modifications. Earley will ask Peterson to rewrite and resubmit.

The social science report was reviewed and the committee was concerned about goals and statements about chair and lutefisk. The committee voted to accept pending modifications. Earley will ask R. Chrisman to rewrite and resubmit.

The history report was reviewed by the committee and accepted. Chair will inform Wolff.

The political science, human services, Spanish, math and psychology reports will be reviewed at the next meeting.

The committee discussed ways to encourage assessment, various projects and a budget. Charge is to bring ideas and costs to the next meeting Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 103.

Minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting - top

The Faculty Senate met Wednesday, Nov. 6. Present were Steve Babbitt (president), Tim Hightower (vice president), Monty Robinson (secretary), Kristi Pearce, Susan Dana, Vincent King, Barb Chrisman, David Wolff, Jim Hesson, Randy Royer, and Gary Haggerty for Curtis Card.

Babbitt called the meeting to order.

The proposed agenda was reviewed and approved.

An approval of the minutes was entertained and passed with changes.

New issues:

The recording of the “Last Date of Attendance” (LDA) as required by Federal Student Loans by fall 2003 was discussed. Concerns were raised as to the feasibility of taking attendance in some classes. It was mentioned that Jerry Swarts had looked into the process of developing an ACE card automated attendance system.

The new BHSU logo (athletic mascot design) was presented by Bud Synhorst. The Brian Bush ad agency was hired to develop a new look because of the similarity to another university’s established logo. It was moved and seconded to approve the use of the new design. Passed.

Sabbatical leave requests will be addressed according to the Sabbatical Leave Policy. We will review the requests at our next meeting.

Old issues:

David Salomon addressed the senate on the results he obtained regarding other South Dakota University board models on plagiarism. After some discussion related to the development of a campus plagiarism board and the make-up of such a board further action was tabled until a later meeting.

The Honors Program was addressed again with new information as to the funding sources and amounts that would be needed. There could be up to $30,000 available for the program, as well as release time for a director. A list of new honors classes to be offered and identifying those existing classes that would be accepted for honors credit will have to be determined. The senate will vote on this at the next meeting.

Babbitt addressed the senate regarding recent meetings on the issue of Faculty Evaluations.

The senate voted to support the Sabbatical Leave Policy as it has been developed. Passed.

Whereas there were no other items on the agenda, a motion to adjourn was made and passed. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 3:30 pm in Jonas 103.

Submitted by Faculty Senate secretary Monty Robinson.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received Nov. 7-Dec. 4 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk. 

  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Collaborative Minority-Serving Institution Alcohol Research (NIAAA). The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is inviting applications aimed at strengthening the capacity of minority-serving institutions to conduct alcohol research. (Nov. 1 NIH Guide). Deadline: Jan. 24 for letters of intent; Feb. 24 for applications.  http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AA-03-007.html.
  • National Science Foundation. Collaborations in Mathematical Geosciences (NSF). The National Science Foundation is inviting applications to support collaborative research projects at the intersection of the mathematical and geosciences and encourage cross-discipline education by way of summer graduate training activities. Research topics should fall within one of two broad themes: mathematical and statistical modeling of large, complex geosystems.  Deadline: Feb. 20, 2003. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03508/nsf03508.htm.
  • SD Department of Game, Fish and Parks. South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program 2003. The goal of the Wildlife Diversity Small Grants Program is to enhance knowledge and public awareness of native animal species and their habitats. Project awards are limited to $5,000 per applicant or organization. Proposal due date: Jan. 31, 2003.   http://www.state.sd.us/gfp/diversity/small%20grants/index.htm

Faculty research funds available - top

The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. Write a short (about three-page) proposal. Proposal forms are available at the Grants Office, Woodburn 218, or can be printed from their website

It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to research sites or research support for the production of creative work. Preference is given to new applicants, particularly in the areas of education, business, social sciences and humanities. The next application deadline is Friday, Dec. 6 at 12 p.m.

The applicants are encouraged to contact the committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals. The members are John Alsup, Tom Cox, Abdollah Farrokhi (chair), Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver, and Rob Schurrer. 

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